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Southern Educational Film Production ServicePalmour Street (1957)

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SHOWS THE DAILY life of a NEGRO FAMILY IN GAINESVILLE, GEORGIA. ILLUSTRATES BASIC MENTAL HEALTH CONCEPTS BY SHOWING WAYS PARENTS CAN INFLUENCE THEIR CHILD'S MENTAL & EMOTIONAL GROWTH & HELP HIM FACE PROBLEMS.

"Palmour Street is in Gainesville, Georgia. The people who live on it worked hard to make this picture so that they and all of us might know more about ourselves and our children."

Story of African-American family in Georgia. Many delightful pictures of very happy children running, dancing and playing with themselves and their loving parents. Charming film.
Shots and sequences of everyday life.

Shots:
Dad shows son his flexing muscles. Family sits on porch. Sister cradles infant in her arms.
Public health clinic. Child behaving badly. Mother bathes infant in tub. Six-year old child is scared of dog barking. Child learns to pet dog. child plays by himself jumping happily on couch. child and mother shell peas together.
Mother puts children to bed. Children dance on porch.
Mother reprimands her teenage son at the dinner table, hurting his feelings badly.
Children crawl over mother happily. Woman is cooking up her laundry in a large metal tub on the stove. She stirs it with a stick.
girl sets table for family dinner. Parents fight; child react with fear and upset. Boy sucks his thumb. Baby cries.
Father plays with his baby son; Kids take shoes off dad.
little girl goes off to school. Child tries to go with mother when she goes at work.
Children play pattycake and sing rhymes. Child hides under bed from his father. Then he cries.
going to hospital; father is hurt badly. Sadness.
"Vernon [being given a bath and smiling about it] is only 9-months old. But he knows he is safe, he is warm and his mother loves him. And that's the best kind of a beginning any baby can have."
Mean old aunt:
"Get off this porch! You ought to be ashamed of yourselves. Dancing for the devil like that. You better get off this porch." "My mom don't care if we dance."
"That boy of mine got hisself into trouble again. Had me down to the jailhouse yesterday. Me a-begging the police to let him go. I was ashamed to death."
"Don't tell me you couldn't help losing your job. Because I know better. It's you and that sassy tongue of yours. "
"Lord am I tired. Ain't you got my dinner done yet? Don't you come here barking at me. I had enough worry all day. Who do you think you're talking to that way? I lean over that stuff all day, sweating my guts out and all I get is blah, blah, blah. . . .Clothes need washing; baby crying every two minutes and all you want to do is eat. Shut up! I'll bust you in the mouth."
"Spoiling one child. Being hard on the rest. When this goes on week after week Mother has problems with them all. "


This movie is part of the collection: Prelinger Archives

Producer: Southern Educational Film Production Service
Production Company: Center for Mass Communication at Columbia Univ. Press
Sponsor: Georgia Department of Public Health
Audio/Visual: sound, color

Creative Commons license: Public Domain Mark 1.0


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Reviewer: Spuzz - 4.00 out of 5 stars4.00 out of 5 stars4.00 out of 5 stars4.00 out of 5 stars - July 29, 2012
Subject: "HEY YOU KIDS! GET OFF THE PORCH!"
Curious hybrid of soap opera, history lesson, race relation film, melodrama AND coronet instructional film about a poor family growing up in the South. The Mother stays at home all day (save for a part time job) the father also has a full time job, and they have 4 hungry mouths to feed. All the acting here is pretty amazing. It looks obvious that the kids don't appear to be acting, as it looks like this is an actual family we're seeing. I would've liked to have kept the documentary thing going and not verge into soap opera territory ("Your husband's been hurt REAL bad!") but that's a bit of a minor complaint. The Aunt Esther character is really interesting too, as she reminds me of an Aunt in my family. Reccomended!

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Written by George Stoney. Photography by Bill Clifford. Music by Louis Applebaum. Sound by Phil Bangs. Chief technical advisers: W.A. Mason, M.D. M.P.H. / E.E. Butler, M.D. Commentary by Rev. William Holmes Borders. Direction: Bill Clifford and George Stoney.